By Kris House
The Gordon-Rushville wrestling team saw their regular season end last Saturday at Southeast High School in Yoder Wyoming. Their “pool” consisted of Bayard, Lingle and Saratoga. The Mustangs beat all three teams. Then they dualed the winner of “Pool C” which was the tough Bulldogs Alliance. Losing to them, put the team against Mitchell, who had won their pool but lost against Chadron, from “Pool B”. The Mustangs beat the Mitchell Tigers coming home with a 3-1 record for the day.
The first match-up was against Saratoga. Gordon-Rushville was open at 106, and 220 giving the opponents 12 of their total 28. Both teams were open at 182. Micah Scherbarth at 145, Tristan Tuma at 160 and Ken Graham at 170 had no opponents, which gave the Mustangs 18 of their total 45 points.
Even though Garrett Shadbolt was scored on first at 113, he beat Chaze Wiant 4-2. Thatcher Spiering racked up 12 points in the final period to beat Cole Witt at 120, 16-3. Shane Child was pinned by Hunter Mason, with 55 seconds left in the second period. Saratoga had no one at 132 for Cody Darnell to wrestle, so Branson Stinnette from Alliance, filled the spot. Cody pinned Branson early in the second period. Casey Glassgow, at 138, continued the pinning ways by taking care of Tate Stinson in the first period. At 152, Taylor Hood wrestled Jeff Hussman from Alliance. He came from being down by 6 at the beginning of the final period. On the whistle, Taylor took him down and showed him the lights, all within the first 15 seconds! Senior, Thomas Sandoz saw his first mat time since the Chadron Invite. He put Levi Weatherd on his back in the beginning of the third period. Brice Stangle was pinned in the second period by Jacob Wells to end the first dual.
The second dual for the Mustangs was against Lingle Wyoming. The team saw eight live matches. G-R once again gave up points at 106 and 220. The teams were both open at 182 and Lingle was open at 170, 195 and 285 giving Ken, Thomas and Brice byes.
Garrett only took 73 seconds to pin Colten Gilchriest. Cole put Cody Vaughn on his back in 78 seconds. At 126, Shane Child picked up his first win of the day with a major tech over Merritt Hageman 15-0. Then Lane Hageman, beat Cody 13-6 in the next match. Casey, once again got things done in the first period by pinning Brody Lay just before the last second ticked off. Micah lost to Wyatt Hageman 14-1. Taylor put up a tough fight against Austin Barnes. They were tied at 6 at the end of 4 minutes. Austin got an escape and takedown during the final period. Taylor was able to escape but ran out of time and lost 9-7. Tristan finished his match during the first period, pinning David Goeken in 72 seconds. This ended the Mustangs’ second dual, winning 47-22.
The Bayard Tigers were the Mustangs third dual of the day. Both teams were open at 106. Bayard received 12 team points at 185 and 220 with the Orange and Blue being open.
Once again Garrett started it off right with a pin in 61 seconds over Madahi Garcia. Cole turned on his victory switch and beat Robert Neizwag 6-0. Shane pinned Lucas Jones in 83 seconds. Cody started out slow in the first period giving up 8 points. In the second period he scored 5 points. He started the final two minutes on top and was determined not to lose. Cody pinned Bradon Bowers with only 42 seconds left! Casey pinned Kyler Sides with 30 seconds left in the second period. Bayard was open at 145 so Micah put Colton Rolls of Alliance on his back in 17 seconds. Taylor was pinned by Trenton Applegate in the second period. Tristan beat Allen Denton 4-2 with 2 escapes and one takedown. Ken Graham got his first match of the day wining over Tristan Hunter 8-5. Thomas lost to Austin Willey 5-12. Brice was pinned in the first period by Chris Wurm. G-R finished their pool wrestling beating the Tigers 39-27.
The fourth dual was not very sweet for the Mustangs. Alliance got 18 points because of G-R’s open weights. Alliance gave-up 12 points because of their open weights. Garrett, at 106 and Brice, at 285 did not have to wrestle.
Cole was put on his back in the first period by Devin Ushio. Shane was also pinned in the first period by Walker Johnson. Cody lost to DJ Weare, 1-16. Casey, saw his first loss of the day when Tyler Smith beat him 7-3. Micah had a nail biter with Manny Cabello. The wrestlers were tied at 5 in the middle of the final period. Micah escaped from the bottom to win, 6-5. Taylor was pinned in the second period by Tyson Dowler. Tristan also saw the lights in the second period when Dawson Johnson put him on hi back. Ken put Cameron Nagaki on his back with only 17 seconds left in the second period. The dual finished on a high note when Thomas pinned Kyson Schnell in 28 seconds.
To finish the day the wrestlers faced off with the Mitchell Tigers. The Tigers gained 12 of their 30 points at 106 and 220. Both teams were open at 170. The Mustangs won 45-30!
Garrett finished his day beating Zachariah Sanabria 7-4 and tallying 5 wins on his years’ record! The rest of the nine matches were wins by pins! Cole Witt was pinned by Josh Zulkoski in 81 seconds. Shane pinned Garrett Tinsley in 33 seconds. Cody followed with a victory over Cody Mueller by putting him on his back in 96 seconds. Both of these wrestlers went 3-2 for the day. Casey did not have a Tiger to wrestle so wrestled Trevyn Waldron of Chadron and won 18-3. Micah did not waste any time in putting Marquis Droddy on his back in 25 seconds. These two Mustangs went 4-1 on the day. Taylor was pinned by Colton Snyder in the first period. Tristan pinned Henry Adams in 74 seconds and went 4-1 on the day. Ken Graham was the other G-R wrestler who came home with tallying 5 victories on his record when he pinned Garrett Sterkel in 62 seconds. Thomas pinned Tristan Robles in 37 seconds and finished his day 4-1. Brice was pinned at the end of the second period by Trey Sterkel.
The JV Mustang, JJ Hilliker wrestled in Hay Springs’ open weight, 113. He went 4-1 on the day. Wrangler Youel, another JV wrestler, wrestled for Burns, Wyoming, in their open spot at 145. He also went 4-1 for the day. Kyle Mousseau, at 132, did not have a team to join but was able to have 2 matches during the day.
The Mustangs will travel to Southern Valley High School in Oxford for the C-4 District Tournament. The tourney will start on Friday with 16 teams participating. The top 4 wrestlers, in each of the 14 weight classes, will travel to Omaha the following weekend for State. Good Luck wrestlers and coaches!